put somebody/be at a disadvantage
be at a disadvantage
To be in an unfavorable position compared to others. They knew for weeks, but I'm just getting all of this information now—I'm at a disadvantage here. You'll be at a disadvantage playing against a player as skilled as Katie.
See also: disadvantage
put (one) at a disadvantage
To cause one to be in an unfavorable position compared to others. John knew about the deal for weeks, but I'm just getting all of this information now—he's putting me at a disadvantage here! She was put at an immediate disadvantage playing against the top seeded tennis player in the first round of the tournament.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
put somebody/be at a disadˈvantagemake it/be difficult for somebody to succeed: My lack of experience put me at a disadvantage in comparison with the other candidates for the job.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017